One thing I've learned over the years is that great managers manage to the strengths and weaknesses of their people. That seems obvious, but it happens far too rarely.
I was reminded of this one today while I was reading Peter King's weekly Sports Illustrated column. In it, he was talking about Mike Smith (the new coach of the Atlanta Falcons), and how he's using John Abraham:
"[Managing him that way] hasn't been just for preservation,'' said Smith. "It's been for effectiveness. Different players have different muscular efficiency, and what we're doing here is trying to maximize that in our guys.''
It's a fascinating article on what kind of productivity you get when you watch your people and manage them appropriately.